One of the most exciting developments that I’ve witnessed in the world of confectionery has been the perfecting of vegan ‘milk’ chocolate. After decades of dodgy ‘dairy free alternatives’ to milk chocolate (that barely even tasted like chocolate!), there is now an array of quality vegan ‘milk’ chocolates available. I’ve discovered most of them via The Vegan Kind subscription box, so a big thank you to the TVK Team for seeking them out for us.
Here are my top picks of vegan ‘milk’ chocolates that would be perfect for gifts, stockings and hampers this Christmas. And if planning to purchase online, why not buy from a charity shop such as Viva! or Animal Aid? That way, you’ll be making a purchase that’s not only cruelty free, but supports the protection of animals too. That’s a ‘win-win’ in my book :o)
iChoc by Vivani
German brand Vivani have really cracked the vegan ‘milk’ chocolate formula with its range of creamy, melt in your mouth iChoc bars. I’ve tried two in the range so far, and both are utterly delicious! iChoc bars are fairtrade, certified organic, and do not contain any artificial colourings or emulsifiers, such as soya lecithin.
iChoc Choco Cookie bar 80g
Organic vegan ‘milk’ chocolate with little chunks of crisp oreo-style cookies. 80g
Available from independent health food shops. Online: Animal Aid £1.99
iChoc Almond & Orange Chocolate Bar 80g
Organic vegan ‘milk’ chocolate coupled with crunchy roasted almonds and fruity pieces of orange.
Available from independent health food stores. Online: Real Foods £2.19
Cocoa Libre makes beautiful, artisan dairy-free chocolates, with ranges for both adults and children to enjoy. Their products are dairy, wheat, gluten and nut free, and do not contain traces of these products.
Cocoa Libre Milk Chocolate Penguins 100g
Eight gorgeous 3D chunky chocolate penguins made with rice milk as a creamy alternative to dairy.
Cocoa Libre Honeycomb ‘Milk’ Chocolate Slab 100g
This deliciously creamy, chunky slab is speckled with pieces of vegan honeycomb.
Buy direct from Cocoa Libre £3.75
Here is another German business that has mastered vegan ‘milk’ chocolate. Made exclusively with high-quality organic ingredients, the VegoBar is well known in vegan circles. Animal Aid voted it the tastiest chocolate ever!
Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar 150g
This super large chunky bar is made with the finest Italian hazelnut paste and cocoa cream for creaminess, and is stuffed with whole hazelnuts. It’s organic, fair trade and gluten free.
Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Mini Bar 65g
Same delicious, tempting bar as its larger brother in mini size.
Available from independent health food shops. Buy online: Animal Aid £2.00
This organic, fair-trade, rice milk chocolate is probably the most well-known dairy free ‘milk’ chocolate in the UK, and is now available worldwide. It is made in a UK factory that does not manufacture milk chocolate or any other milk based products. It is also free from lactose, gluten and wheat.
Merry Moos Christmas Selection Box 103g
This festive selection box includes three delicious, organic, dairy-free 25g bars – Bunnycomb, Cheeky Orange, and Minty Moo, plus a dairy-free milk chocolate Santa.
Moo Free Cranberry & Hazelnut Bar 100g
This bar is perfect for fruit and nut milk chocolate fans who are vegan or have a dairy allergy or lactose intolerant. The organic cranberries are soaked in apple juice giving them a sweet taste and moist texture. They make a perfect companion for the crunchy hazelnuts.
Moo Free Caramelised Hazelnut Nibs Bar 100g
This dairy free bar, liberally sprinkled with crunchy, caramelised hazelnut nibs, is made with the same ingredients as Moo Free’s multi-award winning chocolate pralines
Almighty Foods are a Dundee-based team of “superfood alchemists” who craft their chocolates using ethically sourced, organically certified or wild-crafted ingredients, and ancient methods such as stone grinding at low temperatures to protect the goodness within the wholefoods.
Super Raw Botanical Mindful Mylk Chocoate Bar 24g
Creamy cashew, coconut and vanilla mylk chocolate, sweetened with coconut palm sugar and infused with beneficial botanicals (pau d’arco and pine pollen).
Buy direct from Almighty Foods (£2)
Ombars are made using organic raw cacao, not only because of its rich complex flavour, but also because it retains much more of its antioxidant properties which are lost during the roasting process. Ombars have six times more antioxidant flavanols than comparable chocolate brands. Ombar treats its chocolate like a health food (which it is!) and only uses the healthiest ingredients such as unrefined coconut sugar, real fruit and live cultures.
Ombar Coco Mylk Raw Chocolate Bar
This delicious, melt in your mouth chocolate bar is made using raw, organic cacao from Ecuador, blended with creamy unprocessed coconut cream, with added bio live cultures to help keep your tummy happy and healthy. The bar is sweetened with organic coconut palm sugar, sustainably sourced from independent farmers in Java.
Ombar Organic Coco Mylk Chocolate Buttons 25g
The same delicious, creamy mylk chocolate but in button form!
Available from independent health food shops. Buy online: Real Foods £1.49
I’m always on the look out for new dairy free ‘milk’ chocolates to try so, if I’ve missed your favourite off my list, do let me know! xx